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Hilarious Bricklayer Accident Report

Updated on February 11, 2015

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Recently a friend was telling me about a song he'd heard about a bricklayer that had a really bad day. It brought to mind a letter to a worker's comp insurance agent that we had posted in our construction shop 30 years ago. As my friend and I continued to share, it became obvious it was the same story. I hadn't thought of this in many years but hope that you enjoy it as much as I have. You'll find the contents of the letter below as well as a couple of music videos. Mythbusters did a show on the possibility of this happening too and the video of that is here. Enjoy

The earliest record of this report is found in a joke book printed in 1918 so it's doubtful that it ever really happened which for me makes it easier to laugh at.

Accident Report
Accident Report

The Letter

Dear Sir,

I am writing in response to your request for additional information in Block 3 of the accident report form. I put "poor planning" as the cause of my accident. You asked for a fuller explanation and I trust the following details will be sufficient.

I am a bricklayer by trade. On the day of the accident, I was working alone on the roof of a new six story building. When I completed my work, I found that I had some bricks left over which, when weighed later were found to be slightly in excess of 500 lbs. Rather than carry the bricks down by hand, I decided to lower them in a barrel by using a pulley, which was attached to the side of the building on the sixth floor. Securing the rope at ground level, I went up to the roof, swung the barrel out and loaded the bricks into it. Then I went down and untied the rope, holding it tightly to ensure a slow descent of the bricks.

You will note in Block 11 of the accident report form that I weigh 135 lbs. Due to my surprise at being jerked off the ground so suddenly, I lost my presence of mind and forgot to let go of the rope. Needless to say, I proceeded at a rapid rate up the side of the building.

In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel which was now proceeding downward at an equal, impressive speed. This explained the fractured skull, minor abrasions and the broken collar bone, as listed in section 3 of the accident report form. Slowed only slightly, I continued my rapid ascent, not stopping until the fingers of my right hand were two knuckles deep into the pulley.

Fortunately by this time I had regained my presence of mind and was able to hold tightly to the rope, in spite of beginning to experience a great deal of pain.

At approximately the same time, however, the barrel of bricks hit the ground and the bottom fell out of the barrel. Now devoid of the weight of the bricks, that barrel weighed approximately 50 lbs. I refer you again to my weight. As you can imagine, I began a rapid descent, down the side of the building.

In the vicinity of the third floor, I met the barrel coming up. This accounts for the two fractured ankles, broken tooth and several lacerations of my legs and lower body.

Here my luck began to change slightly. The encounter with the barrel seemed to slow me enough to lessen my injuries when I fell into the pile of bricks and fortunately only three vertebrae were cracked.

I am sorry to report, however, as I lay there on the pile of bricks, in pain, unable to move, I again lost my composure and presence of mind and let go of the rope and I lay there watching the empty barrel begin its journey back down onto me. This explains the two broken legs.

I hope this answers your inquiry.

The Bricklayer Song - The Corries

Mythbusters Barrel of Bricks

Another Version of the Bricklayer Song

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Oh gosh yes! One too many times, poor planning has been my excuse.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Oh, my, now THAT'S a story worthy of LOL! Even if I do feel guilty about it....

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Got some great mental images from this. Thanks.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      So refreshing!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      LOL! Great article. :)

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Definitely - thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!